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Leinster Senior Hurling – GALWAY DISMANTLE DUBLIN!

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Posted by Keith Nulty in Match Previews / Reports,News | May 2017

GALWAY 2-28 DUBLIN 1-17 (Sunday, 28th May – Tullamore)

Ben Quinn’s goal before half-time put Dublin back in contention but Galway pulled away to book a Leinster semi-final meeting with Offaly on June 18th.

After their stunning league final performance against Tipperary, many pundits were looking to see if Micheal Donoghue’s team could repeat that display. But despite this occasion lacking the atmosphere expected, Galway dealt with the challenge to commence their championship campaign.

There was equal interest about Dublin’s position as they slumped to another disappointing defeat. While relegation from Division 1A sent Ger Cunningham’s team into this tie as underdogs, they were expected to test Galway but allowed their challenge to fade.

Cian O’Callaghan’s sending off on 40 minutes didn’t help Dublin’s cause and they were aggrieved to have a free turned down before the Tribesmen countered with Conor Cooney’s 52nd minute goal. But there was no doubting that Galway were the superior side.

Chris Crummey opened for the Metropolitans but points for Joe Canning, Jason Flynn, David Burke and Conor Whelan gave Galway the initiative. Dublin had a Ben Quinn goal disallowed but regained the lead – Eamonn Dillon, Shane Barrett, Donal Burke and David Treacy put Dublin 0-5 to 0-4 ahead.

Another Galway purple patch from Cathal Mannion, David Burke, Canning and Conor Cooney gave them a lead they never relinquished. But after two Treacy frees sandwiched a Joseph Cooney point, Flynn was on hand to strike to the net on 27 minutes giving Galway a 1-9 to 0-7 lead.

Flynn added a point but Quinn gave the travelling Dublin support a lift smashing past Colm Callanan to leave it 1-10 to 1-7 at the change of ends. However, within six minutes of the restart, Galway were eight clear as Whelan, Canning (2), Conor Cooney and David Burke tallied.

The score was 1-17 to 1-11 on 49 minutes as Canning and Whelan traded with Rian McBride and Treacy but 1-3 in four minutes for Galway settled the contest. A Canning free was followed by Conor Cooney’s goal. Conor Cooney and Canning raised white flags leaving it 2-20 to 1-11.

Fourteen points were shared in the 15 minutes. Donal Burke (2), Fergal Whitely, John Hetherington (2) and Crummey finished Dublin’s scoring with Canning (2), Whelan (2), Niall Burke (2), Thomas Monaghan and Eanna Burke doing likewise for the Westerners.

Galway will be raging hot favourites to account for Offaly in the Leinster semi-final. But Dublin have a 75% chance of facing Munster opposition in July with Tipperary the wild card. They’ll need a stronger effort to avoid a second early summer exit.

“They Were 10 Weeks Getting Ready For Us” – HARTE

Scorers:

Galway – Joe Canning 0-9, Conor Cooney 1-3, Jason Flynn 1-2, Conor Whelan 0-5, David Burke 0-3, Niall Burke 0-2, Cathal Mannion 0-1, Joseph Cooney 0-1, Eanna Burke 0-1, Thomas Monaghan 0-1.

Dublin – David Treacy 0-5, Donal Burke 0-3, Ben Quinn 1-0, Chris Crummey 0-2, Eamonn Dillon 0-2, John Hetherington 0-2, Shane Barrett 0-1, Rian McBride 0-1, Fergal Whitely 0-1.

Starting Line-Ups:

Galway – Colm Callanan; Adrian Touhy, Daithi Burke, Paul Killeen; Padraic Mannion, Gearoid McInerney, Aidan Harte; Johnny Coen, David Burke; Jason Flynn, Joe Canning, Joseph Cooney; Conor Whelan, Cathal Mannion, Conor Cooney.

Dublin – Conor Dooley; Cian O’Callaghan, Eoghan O’Donnell, Oisin Gough; Chris Crummey, Liam Rushe, Shane Barrett; Ben Quinn, Sean Moran; Eoghan Conroy, Niall McMorrow, David Treacy; Donal Burke, Ryan O’Dwyer, Eamon Dillon.

(Video: Eir Sport)

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